Patriots

Colts questioned Patriots’ foot balls before title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after Mike Adams picked off two of Tom Brady’s passes in November and that the Ravens had noticed the kicking balls were softer … 0

After killing, Hernandez knew endorsements gone

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez matter-of-factly told witnesses that his endorsement days were over, according to testimony Wednesday from his fiancee’s uncle, who said the conversation happened a day after a slaying Hernandez would eventually be charged in. Azia Jenkins was called to the stand in Hernandez’s murder trial by prosecutor William McCauley, who asked him what happened June … 0

NFL fines Irvin, Gronk, 2 others for their roles in Super Bowl scrap

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui were fined $8,628 each. Hoomanawanui was fined for unnecessary roughness, the others … 0

Parade salutes Patriots

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BOSTON — Giddy fans of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots chanted “Brady! Brady!” and clambered atop massive snowbanks for better views as players danced and waved their way through Boston in a Wednesday parade celebrating their fourth NFL title. Well-wishers blew kisses, pumped their fists and … 0

Brady eager for more titles

Monday, February 2, 2015

PHOENIX — Tom Brady knows what’s next: more Super Bowl wins. At least he hopes so. The most successful quarterback of his era was still riding the high of his fourth NFL championship on the morning after New England’s 28-24 victory over Seattle. Brady had every right to … 0

Brady collects his third Super Bowl MVP award

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As a kid, years before he became a pretty good quarterback in his own right, Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana. Now, at age 37, Brady owns just as many Super Bowl championships — and just as many Super Bowl MVP awards — as the Pro … 0

Brady rallies Pats to tense 28-24 victory

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday night … 0

Seahawks-Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

Friday, January 30, 2015

Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big head start toward a fourth NFL championship since … 0

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides Tuesday, but Kraft’s protesting how his … 0

Bill and The Beast say little at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it’s really more about … 0

Fans send off Pats in style

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON — Brushing aside the controversy over deflated footballs, jubilant New England fans gathered downtown Monday for a spirited send-off as the Patriots headed to Arizona for the Super Bowl. Several thousand fans packed City Hall Plaza in Boston, chanting “Brady! Brady!” and waving signs that read “Finish … 0

Patriots' corner gets second chance at Super Bowl ring

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more … 0

Sherman doubts Pats’ punishment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if … 0